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Meet the Artist……Keith Porter-Snell, pianist

<b>Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and make it your career?</b><p>I guess I would have to credit my mother as the first inspiration to take-up …

David Attenborough: Why music can move us to tears

David Attenborough

Symphony Strikes: How Are They Avoidable?

It was a festive evening at Jones Hall a couple of weeks ago when the Houston Symphony and Chorus performed a concert of Christmas tunes. Holiday …

Participation

Leila Josefowicz, Christian Tetzlaff and Gil Shaham nominated for 2017 Grammys

By Laurie Niles: Congratulations to violinists Leila Josefowicz, Christian Tetzlaff and Gil Shaham, who are among the classical musicians nominated …

Violin

It's over! Musicians and management reach a new four-year deal, snapping the Fort Worth Symphony strike

Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, the bitter Fort Worth Symphony strike that had lingered for almost three months finally ended Wednesday …

Flute

What makes a great horror movie soundtrack?

A great score for a horror film can be as terrifying as the pictures – but what is it about the best ones that makes us feel so frightened? Arwa Haider looks for answers.<p>Horror movies and music have forged an unholy alliance over many decades – even before cinema’s demons and scream queens actually …

Horror

Why Selling Pianos Is A Big Business In Houston

It may not be common knowledge, but Greater Houston is a hot spot for taking piano lessons.<p>“Houston has a disproportionately large number of …

Karim Sulayman - I trust you

How Do Musicians’ Brains Process Music? Some Insights…

“When musicians play instruments, their brains are processing a huge amount and variety of information in parallel. Musical styles and strengths vary …

At 11, composer about to premiere first full opera

VIENNA (AP) — Alma Deutscher is a composer, virtuoso pianist and concert violinist who wrote her first sonata five years ago and whose first full opera will have its world premiere next month — and she's only 11.<p>Time-worn associations with Mozart, who wrote his first symphony at age 8, may come to …

Flute

Musical Evangelists: Houston Symphony's Embedded Musicians Engage the Community

Houston Symphony Embedded Musician David Connor interacts with students after a pre-concert classroom visit at Cunningham Middle School.<br>Photo by …

Daniil #Trifonov makes it a very special night for a young fan https://t.co/lBapfvvKya

The Transatlantic Collaboration Behind Wynton Marsalis' New Violin Concerto

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis, a virtuoso trumpet player and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, has written — wait for it — a violin concerto.<p>As the daughter of the late virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg, I was intrigued and wanted to know more. So I spent an hour with Marsalis — and the violinist he …

Flute

That's the ticket: Minnesota arts groups get creative to sell shows

Sure, season ticket sales are down. But don’t tell Minnesota’s performing arts organizations that the model is dead.<p>“I hate when I hear the …

Concerts
Guitar

11-year-old Dane Jarvis 3D prints working violin, starts violin 3D printing business

Oct 27, 2016 | By Alec<p>If you need any reminder of how complex and functional a 3D printed object can be you only need to check out a cool 3D printed …

Violin

Philip Glass, winner of 2016 Tribune Literary Award, reflects on a life well composed

Philip Glass finds it a nifty coincidence that both he and Bob Dylan won major literary prizes this year — remarkable, considering that neither American music icon considers himself a writer.<p>Glass, 79, is the 2016 winner of the Chicago Tribune Literary Award, the Tribune announced in August. Last …

Mad about Jones Hall: Mid-century celebration raises $1.1 million to ensure future of 50-year-old venue

Half a century in the making, the <i>Jones Hall 50th Ball and Concert</i> looked to the past to ensure an spectacular future for the downtown architectural …

Mad Men
The Arts

Here's What Beethoven Did When He Lost His Hearing

Even centuries later, there remains one big mystery about Ludwig van Beethoven’s life: When is his birthday? Though his last words were well recorded …

Ludwig van Beethoven

Dimitri Shostakovich - The Jazz Album

First of all, this is not a jazz album at all! It’s a compilation of beautiful classical pieces, written by Dimitri Shostakovich, inspired by jazz …

Piano man

<b>Moscow Nights: The Van Cliburn Story—How One Man and His Piano Transformed the Cold War.</b> By Nigel Cliff. <i>Harper; 452 pages; $28.99. To be published in</i> …

Cold War
Private Equity

Peter Schickele Concert Schedule

Even after more than fifty years of concert touring, Peter Schickele is still presenting some concerts of music by P.D.Q. Bach, or of his own music, …

reDiscover ‘Bill Evans Trio With Symphony Orchestra’

<i>“I really started getting into Verve around the time of Bill Evans with Symphony Orchestra.”</i> – Producer, Tommy LiPuma<p>If you want to luxuriate in jazz …

Piano

Mike Mills’ classical rock: Life after R.E.M. includes a new violin concerto bringing orchestra crowds to their feet

The R.E.M. bassist’s new “Concerto for Rock Band, Violin and Strings” brings the rock and symphony worlds together<p>Mike Mills invokes a Rolodex of metaphors to make sense of his latest post-R.E.M. venture. “If anything, it's extreme because we’re moving away from the center of both rock and …

Flute
Flute